Murky, tired, aromas and flavors of licorice, barnyard, macerated cherries and red plums, traces of herbs. Medium bodied with a few gritty tannins on the finish that mellow somewhat with air. Inexpensive, but not interesting. Drink soon.
Another rock solid performance by an insane value from the Rhone; a little earthy diaper reminiscent of Burgundy on the nose along with red fruit that has rounded with some bottle age from the hard red Grenache fruit of its youth, the classic La Vieille Julienne meatiness was there too; on the palate the wine is still so fresh though the tannins have softened leaving a silky impression, some sweet tart fruit and the great acidity entice you to keep coming back for more- the bottle was gone so fast; poured double blind for a friend who initially went to Burgundy from the nose then finished on Chateauneuf after tasting it- I could not have agreed with him more!
meh. Tannic, little fruit even or complexity even after a 2 hr decant. Bummed that I have more. Good for cooking or if you have a wine fantasy that includes drinking plonk. Nothing offensive....just nothing special to remember or that would bring me back for more.
Tested this one in my eternal search for upper-end CdR's that still carry a reasonable price tag. In the glass a very transparent colour, very beautiful almost Burgundian. On the nose rather tight in the beginning (not decanted). After a while opening up a bit with herbs, liquorish an some pepper. A hint of forest leaves in decay too. On the palate the nose impressions came through directly, although with the liquorish dominating quite a bit. Firm tannins made this a very good and allround food wine. And it will certainly have some years of celler life left in it. For sure a very well made wine, and quite refined for a CdR.
Some nice Old World Wines (St. Paul): Popped and poured and improved over 15 minutes. Floral, berries, earth, minerals and spices. Up front had a woody quality but after some air it went away and was a beautiful wine. This will improve over the next five years. 91+
Utterly beautiful CdR that overdelivers every time I have it. Very Burgundian in its elegance and the ability to provide dark fruit with such great acidity. Think of it as a spicier Gevrey Chambertin. Went surprisingly well with the dry-aged, bone-in ribeye that was done almost Pittsburgh style.
Found the nose to be abit reticent, but the palate was a whooole nother story. This was med bodied and bursting with palate coating red fruit and cassis with underlying licorice, leather and garrigue. The fairly firm , chalky, tannic finish was just abit clipped, but all-in-all this was an outstanding cdr that could easily be mistaken for a CdP. This wine has one of the best qpr that I've had in awhile.
Last bottle and, as often the case, the best so far. This has really benefitted from bottle age, so that it showed for all the world like a baby CDP. The nose was a bit awkward on first pour, showing a whiff of glycerol that overlaid the entire bouquet. However, with time, it settled down into a perfumy Grenache-led melange of sweet flowery accents - some lavender and marigold here - along with ripe red cherries and berries, some earth, a bit of smoked meat and, finally, a little dose of stony mineral. Very nice. Palate was fresh, open-knit and tasty, with a layer of savoury earth, smoke and mineral notes underpinning a mouthful of dark cherries, berries and maybe plums. There was a bit of alcohol swirling around, but otherwise the balance was very nice, with lots of food-friendly acidity bolstering the rich flavours. There was nice persistence on the finish too, which lingered in the mouth with notes of bramble, spice and earth. I thought there was a lovely clarity and focus for a wine of this level, and the wine went just beautifully with a simply done rib-eye steak. From 70-year old wines just across the road from the Domaine's CDP holdings, and it showed on the quality of the wine. This could go on aging effortlessly for many years' yet - one of the best value CdRs on the market.
Dinner at Chez l'Ami Jean (Chez l'Ami Jean, Rue Malar, Paris): This was a no-brainer when we saw it on the list for a good price. From a patch of 70 yr-old vines just across the road from CdP, it was a great value food wine as always. The nose showed some gentle spice, wild herbs, stony mineral and dark cherries. A bit reserved even after a splashy decanting, but nice. The palate was somewhat better. Closer to CdP than CdR, it showed plenty of depth in its dark cherry flavours, along with nicely fresh, integrated acidity and fine tannins. Touches of stone and dark fruit carried it into a nicely lengthy finish. Nothing showy, but very pleasing, and fantastic with the brilliant duck magret that we had as our main.
Somewhat non-descript nose of Grenache fruit and a touch of barnyard. Dark fruits and spices on the palate and still a smidge tight, with a touch of heat on the finish. Good now but will improve over the next few years.
Very dark and full. Black and dusty. Too much for roast chicken. Not feeling it tonight; too much chaos in the house, and too much complexity to ponder. Another bottle left to contemplate in the future.
Almost hope I don't love the second bottle like I did a recent Lirac; first bottle reaction was "meh," second bottle hit me with a beautiful expression of fruit and structure. Loved it; and of course it's sold out everywhere.
I got flint, black fruit, and a little licorice. Attractive deep purple color. Very good red rhone blend. I couldn't identify the grape varieties by taste so I went to their website: Mainly from old Grenache with various shares of Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault. Aged in foudres. Very tasty and excellent QPR. Good Balance and depth. A friendly and open wine. Ready to drink now.
Black fruit splattered on an old wood wall. Spicy tannins, and a hemp-type herbal note. Rocks and fresh meat. Big and full and despite all that, remarkably easy drinking. This wine runs up against the wall that is the French appellation controllé, as it takes the normally simple and tasty Côtes du Rhône genre, and gives it magnitude and complexity. Carafe one hour before serving. Food pairing: lamb chops with mustard and herbs.
Still young, needs time, but this was the best showing yet, especially with the glasses poured from the bottle past the 2-hour mark. Very nice nose on first pour - with meaty plums, savoury notes of red meat and soy sauce, ripe cherries and lots of dusty earth, garrigue and minerals. With time, the brambly garrigue and stony mineral came to the fore more and more. Palate had a bit of alcohol here and there, but minimal enough for it to come across as clean and precise, with fresh, mandarin orangey acidity and a fine, rather firm, powdery tannin structure. Obviosuly old vines here, because there was lots of concentration in cranberry and cherry flavours, along with garrigue, spice and orange peel, fading into a fresh, mineral-laden finish. Excellent pairing with Lap Mei Fan (claypot rice with waxed meats). Otherwise, not terribly complex at this point of time, almost a little narrow at points, but with enough to entertain. Lots to like here. It certainly would benefit from time - a good 5-6 years more I think. An excellent CdR.
Respi-Aerate to decanter. Garnet with dark dusty purple hues. Initial nose was tight, with potting soil, minerals, and typical raspberry-strawberry notes. I wish we had opened this earlier or consumed it slower, because by the end of the bottle at the 3 hour mark, there was a distinct aroma of crispy bacon in the bouquet that was lovely. In the mouth sweet and sour cherries swirl around a backbone of minerals, plus a bit of earth and herb. Medium length finish of dried cherries and a sandy drying effect at the tail. Medium-plus acid, some tightness in the tannins on the back end suggests this may be better with another year's rest. Overall excellent and well composed. Not as complex as I was hoping, but has potential to show more with time. Very good value at 16.
Foie Gras, Cheese and Sauternes (Ser Yee's Place): Another bottle, again very impressive for its price. Funky earth notes, sour cherries, sandy earth, mineral and meat on the nose. On the palate, lovely velvety tannins, pure sweetish cherries, spice and juicy freshness. Simple, but it was lively, well balanced, well structured with good concentration, great integration and a nice focused feel moving into a shortish, but satisfying finish.
Horizontale 2006 au Yuukai, Montréal Le vin le plus faible de la série, on identifie à coup sûr le pirate. Très simple et à l’acidité désagréable. De quoi aurait-il l’air seul sans tous ces Châteauneuf dégustés conjointement?
No doubt about it . This is old world and backward with lots of earth and garrigue. Fruits compose mainly of dusty cherries kept in a cupboard in a wooden cabin far out in the dark woods. This is rustic and zingy with red rusty zinc roof. The fruits did get more pronounced with time but still maintained that old rustic feel . A farmer's wine.
Dinner at Imperial Treasure Nan Bei (Suntec City, Singapore): Very decent wine at its price - from vines all older than 70 yrs, this was a Chateauneuf du Pape lite. Lifted nose, with cherries, violet flowers and sappy cherries at the fore. A touch of alcohol here and there, but that swirled away with time. Along with the higher-tone notes, there was a very Provencal feel to this, with rusty mineral, dried earth, sawdust and garrigue and fresh herbs and spices. Just the smell in the air one gets when driving through the vineyards of Southern Rhone. Palate was fresh and elegant, with dusky cherries, slightly dried raspberries and a nice dustiness. A bit on the light side compared to 2006 CdPs, but certainly not lacking in sap and concentration when compared to wines in its class. Tannins were silky and well shaped. I thought the finish was a little curt, closing with a burst of rusty mineral and smoke. Otherwise, this was a nice wine and wonderful value at S$28 (US$20) - nicely balanced, good freshness, elegance, good with food. What more could one ask for from a CdR?
Color: Medium purple Nose: Raspberries, spices, floral Taste: Nice mix of raspberries, spices, floral Finish: Up front powerful and settles into a nice overall medium finish Evaluation: A solid Cotes du Rhone 87 points